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  • Facebook under scrutiny as FTC confirms it is investigating privacy practices

    Los Angeles Times - 03/26/2018

    In lieu of congressional action on user data privacy, the FTC has had to serve as the last line of defense in protecting personal information online. That has become increasingly difficult now that almost every industry relies on consumer data obtained online to inform its decisions — resulting in more instances of hacks and breaches of privacy.

    “The FTC was never created as a pure data protection authority, but it’s stepped in to fill the void,” said Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University. “Even after all the FTC has done, it’s still very limited in substantive authority and in terms of resources.”

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